10 Ways to Entertain Yourself Around the Campfire

10 Ways to Entertain Yourself Around the Campfire

Ideas to entertain yourself around the campfire

By Shelby Kisgen

Picture this: It is the fourth and final night of your camping trip. You have already gossiped about everyone at work, you have used your best jokes, and you are tired and a bit grumpy from not showering. Your group is around the campfire, wondering how to while away the hours until bedtime because you have exhausted your discussion topics on the other three nights. Then you pull out this fabulous list of ideas to entertain yourself around the campfire – and suddenly you have hours of entertainment!

 

Honesty Time: Without the presence of technology to distract you, the campfire can be a fantastic way to converse on a deeper level. With the flames to capture your gaze and prevent awkward eye contact, the stars twinkling, and hushed whispers, the secrets come pouring out. When someone opens up, accept what they say and accept them. You do not have to agree, but you can listen.

 

Discussion Topics: If secrets are too much but the shallow conversation is too little, try discussing your personal faith or dreams for the future. Both topics provide wide diversity in thought and help you know your ladies better.

 

Lighten Up: Challenge each other to recall their most personal embarrassing story. If no one volunteers, tell their story if you know it. Then the challenge has truly begun. Laughter ringing off the campfire is one of the best sounds on earth.

 

Scare Tactics: It is a universal fear to wonder about the crazy axe murderer in the woods. Harness this element of adrenaline, look eerily into the dark night, and start your best ghost story. Points are awarded for grabbing the leg of the woman next to you and making her scream.

 

Chubby Bunny: This tactic is immature. It is mildly disgusting. It is also classic campfire entertainment. Have all participating players take one (uncooked) marshmallow in their mouth and say the words “Chubby Bunny”. Then two marshmallows and repeat. Then three, four, and so on. Stuff your cheeks with the marshmallows and whoever is easiest to understand with the most mallows in their mouth wins. They only win bragging rights for winning the dumbest game ever, but it always makes for a laugh. Warning: it is probably only best to play this game if one non-playing party in the group feels confident administering the Heimlich manoeuvre in an emergency. Nothing is more embarrassing than death by “Chubby Bunny”.

 

Five Truths and a Lie: This is a game of shocking hilarity. Each person secretly thinks up five true things about themselves, and one lie. Then they announce it to the group, and each member of the group votes on which one they think is the lie. This is especially fun when played with women you think you know well, like family or old school friends.

 

Ask this: “What would you do tomorrow, if it was your last day to live?” The answers might make you laugh, they might make you cry. Both are good.

 

Get Planning: Your friends are gathered with nothing but time on their hands. That is a rare thing. Now is the perfect time to start planning your next trip. Nothing makes the spirits rise on the last night of a great trip than to plan the next one. It does not fully prevent the “return to work” blues, but it does provide something to look forward to. Pick a new spot to explore, consider other people to invite, and remind each other not to forget the extra roll of toilet paper next time.

 

Get Sentimental: Maybe it is the booze, maybe you are about to start your period, maybe it is the starry skies, maybe it is dirt in your eyes, but camping is a bonding experience. Tell your girlfriends how much you love them. Let them know how much it means to you that they joined you in nature for quality friendship time.

 

Silence: The noise of the campfire crackling is hypnotic. Do not feel the need to break the silence. Enjoy the peace and stillness. Camping is the best time for companionable silence, to sit and breathe in the night while surrounded by those you love. These feelings of solitude without loneliness, silence without awkwardness, enjoy them.

 

When you need to entertain yourself around the campfire, don’t forget to take this list with you!

 

Blogger & Multiple Contributor at

Shelby Kisgen is an experienced camper and hiker from Wyoming, USA.  She is a true nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing her experiences through freelance writing in her first blog: naturepreserve.me

When she is not enjoying the great outdoors she is duelling her husband in tennis, eating, or reading a book.

Shelby was the first of many to write articles for the Camping for Women website.

She just loves to combine her love of the outdoors with her passion for writing.  Her current blog is https://shelbykisgen.com/

9 thoughts on “10 Ways to Entertain Yourself Around the Campfire

  • March 13, 2020 at 9:00 am
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    Such an interesting list of fun stuff to do. I find it so relatable, not just with camping, but with travelling to the mountains to get High in the Himalayas. It’s so fun to do an ice-breaking session around a bonfire, which leads to everyone sharing their life stories, and igniting the spark, leading to many meaningful conversations over the duration of the trip.

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  • March 12, 2020 at 10:05 am
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    Although haven’t done much of camping, bonfires are frequent during the few winter months here. Then it is mostly music and barbeque. But some of these games are very interesing, the marshmallow one especially. I get participants to play some of these games during my corporate training programs. Honesty time, Share secrets and Five truths and a lie. We play three truths and a lie.

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  • March 11, 2020 at 7:45 pm
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    I love the idea of just kicking back in silence watching the fire. It’s too bad we often feel uncomfortable in these situations. I also love the idea of planning the next trip and agree it’s important to have that to look forward to

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  • March 11, 2020 at 1:31 pm
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    Great post!! As a person who loves camping, I already knew most of the tips. Honesty time is indeed really important that is one of the things I like doing whenever I go outdoors, technology detoxing can actually make you embrace your surroundings more.

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  • March 11, 2020 at 1:31 am
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    Oh I have faced this a few times, when I have run out of things to do in a group. One of my conversation starters was finding stories in the stars. It led to some hilarious stuff. Among the ones you have shared, I like the idea of 5 truth and one lie, that should be a lot of fun. Funnily, have never tried chubby bunny game. Noting this post down for inspiration on my future outings.

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  • March 11, 2020 at 12:29 am
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    It has been a long time since we went camping. But I do remember the fun around the campfire. We have definitely told scary stories.. But I had never heard of the Chubby Bunny before. It is a good time to have serious discussions. And also to talk about some plans. But my favourite is to just watch the fire. As I eat my Smoors of course!

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  • March 10, 2020 at 9:43 pm
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    This would be fun to do around the campfire. The game of 5 truths and 1 lie should be hilarious to play. There is nothing better than sitting around an open fire at any time, the crackle of the wood-burning, the flame dancing and the glow from the embers is truly memorable.

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  • March 10, 2020 at 5:12 pm
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    This is such a fun post! It’s been a long time since I went camping, but these campfire activities could persuade me to give it another go! I really like the idea of telling embarrassing stories, it’s always a good icebreaker too!

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  • March 10, 2020 at 8:10 am
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    I love camping and it is so interesting how doing small things around the fire makes the time fly away in seconds. As you have said in your post – the best stories are told around the fire. Now it is true that I don’t know how to light a fire (I know it, but only in theory) but I love pitching my tent, setting my mattress and everything in place for a good night rest. Then of course, I can’t tell you how delicious is to cook on a wood fire (we do that a lot in Romania) – the roasted bread on embers has a different flavor, ham and sausages are more tasty, everything is so much better.

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